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Optoma PK301 Projector

3000:1 WVGA (854x480) 100 ANSI Lumens Oct 2013
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18 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Average

The average owner rating of this Optoma projector is 78 out of 100 based on 24 owner reviews.

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

We checked 1,712 expert and owner reviews for Optoma data projectors and found that on average Optoma has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Optoma has good ratings specifically for its 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was good looking. Ferdinand Sambulo mentioned on Amazon “Looks fancy just like a beautiful camera”.

One Optoma PK301 owner mentioned in their reviews that this projector was neat. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert review site Trusted Reviews five years ago “Optoma's PK301 is a neat step forward in performance” in their Optoma PK301 review.

One person who reviewed the Optoma PK301 considered that it was a good design.

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Reasonably Priced

Some Optoma PK301 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good value for money. Lee Booth mentioned in his review of the Optoma PK301 “Great little projector at a great price” and gave the Optoma PK301 a rating of 5 stars. Lee Booth also wrote “Works really well and superb for the money”.

Good Connectivity

One Optoma PK301 owner thought it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Sérgio Marques said on Amazon “This projector really can give you a big screen and good screen (using hdmi cable” in their review of this projector. One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “Good connectivity”.

Good Size

One Optoma PK301 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was compact. Six years ago Anonymous scored the Optoma PK301 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “A very compact little projector with no noise as some projectors have from their fan”.

One Optoma PK301 reviewer concluded that it was lightweight. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “Very small and lightweight design” in their review but they only gave it a score of 40 out of 100.

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Good Picture Quality

A few Optoma PK301 reviewers said that it had good picture quality. One Optoma PK301 owner who purchased the product concluded that it was good for watching movies. Amazon Customer mentioned in their Optoma PK301 review on Amazon “As it was mainly to be used for watching movies from PS3 or Epad”.

Good Product Quality

Three people thought it was good quality. Alistair wrote “The picture quality is fair” in their review. Anonymous mentioned “The image quality was acceptable” in their review of this projector. Mr a a Kora gave it a rating of 4 stars and he wrote in his Optoma PK301 review “Very high quality product, perfect for travelling”.

Easy to Use

One person who purchased it considered that it was easy to use.

Good Sound Quality

One person wrote in their reviews that it had good sound quality. David Baldwin said in his review of the Optoma PK301 on Amazon four years ago “I can also play video from the in-built card reader, sound is good”.

Robust

One customer who bought the product considered that it was reliable. Mr. S. Priestman wrote in their review of the Optoma PK301 “If you want a more reliable, robust home cinema projector, then think carefully” .

One person who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Gadgetshow.channel5.com said in their review of the Optoma PK301 “It packs a built in mdeia player so you can plonk it down wherever you are” but they gave it a rating of 40 out of 100.

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Good Support

One Optoma PK301 owner who bought this projector reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Alistair said five years ago “However, after following the instructions and fully charging the unit before first use, he was very disappointed that the battery only lasted about 15mins”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma PK301 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the V11H475020, or the EB-1400WI both from Epson or the Benq SH960.

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

When compared to other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the PK301 that we have checked the internal storage capacity of, the Optoma PK301's internal storage capacity of 55 gigabytes is one of the largest. Similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago have internal storage capacitys of between 1GB and 55GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 5.8GB.

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Very Long Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of 20,000 hours, the Optoma PK301 has a very long service life of lamp compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for more than two years. Across all the similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago the service life of lamps range from 1,500h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,400h.

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Supports Eight Video Formats Supporteds

The number of supported video formats on the Optoma PK301 is more than most comparable spec data projectors that were launched around the same time as it. This multimedia projector supports a H.264 video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported supported by comparable spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the PK301. The video formats supporteds "3GP", "AVI", "M-JPEG", "MOV", "MP4", "MPEG4" and "XVID" are also supported by this data projector.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Optoma PK301 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. This projector supports a BMP image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by projectors of a comparable age and spec to the PK301. The image formats supported "JPG" is also supported by this Optoma projector.

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Light

The lightest 3000:1 contrast ratio projector that has been around for more than two years is 230g heavy and the heaviest is 30kg. At only 235 grams, the Optoma PK301 is very light compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PK301.

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12 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Two experts from sites including Trusted Reviews and gadgetshow.channel5.com have rated this Optoma projector on average 60 out of 100. The expert review sites aren't convinced by this data projector.

Poor Battery Life

A number of customers considered that the Optoma PK301 did not have a good battery life. Alistair gave it a score of 40 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “The battery is poor”.

Poor High Def TV

One person who reviewed the Optoma PK301 considered that it was not good at displaying high definition TV. Ben Mant mentioned “Ok so the quality isn't quite HD.” but in spite of that he still rated it 5 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Several Optoma PK301 reviewers who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was not noisy. Mr a a Kora mentioned two years ago “I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy” but even so he still scored it 80 out of 100. Mr. S. Priestman wrote on Amazon “4 The fan is relatively noisy.” in their review.

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 100 ANSI lumens, the Optoma PK301 has a very dim projector brightness compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the PK301. Across all the 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago the projector brightnesss range from 100 ANSI lumens to 8,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens.

Projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might also be worth looking at include the VS210 (2,600 ANSI lumens), or the BrightLink Pro 1410Wi (3,100 ANSI lumens) both from Epson or the Sony VPL-SW635C (3,100 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support 3D

Most multimedia projectors of this spec and age do not support 3D. The Optoma PK301 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also support 3D including the NP-M311W, or the NP-V311X both from NEC or the Optoma EX685 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other projectors of this spec and age, the Optoma PK301 does not support full HD.

It is worth also looking at alternative projectors which also support full HD including the Benq SH960, the Hitachi CP-WX8255A, or the Vivitek D8300 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years do not support wi-Fi. The Optoma PK301 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also support wi-Fi to this projector and we think the EB-430 LW, the EB-1400WI, or the BrightLink 436Wi all from Epson which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only WVGA (854x480) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma PK301 is WVGA (854x480). That's 60% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. Comparable spec data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the PK301 projector native resolutions range from VGA (640x480) (worst) to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) (best).

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of projectors of this age and type is 11W. The Optoma PK301 has a very low RMS rated power (only 0.5 Watts) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the PK301.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

Most projectors of a comparable spec and age to the PK301 have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, including the Optoma PK301 which has one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

Most 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago have between one and two USB 2.0 ports quantitys, including the Optoma PK301 which has one USB 2.0 ports quantity.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma PK301

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this 3000:1 contrast ratio projector was released.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp
Video
Full HD
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
HDMI Connector Type
AV Input
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Optical Disc Player Type
Card Reader Integrated
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Memory Card Size
Performance
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
Audio Formats Supported
Image Formats Supported
Video Formats Supported
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control

Expert Reviews

(2)
10 December 2012

This portable projector needs no extras: it packs a built in mdeia player so you can plonk it down wherever you are and hit play. Of course, you can lash lots of other gizmos to it for playback... Read more…

Good black levels
Very small and lightweight design
Good connectivity
Optional extra adaptors needed for many sources
Pics aren't quite as bright as hoped
17 September 2012

Optoma's PK301 is a neat step forward in performance and flexibility terms from other Optoma pocket projectors we've seen. It's also likely to win fans on account of its extreme smallness and £50...

User Reviews

(24)
Reviewed 8 April 2013 by Lucy Woods
(Verified Purchase)

We use this in the office with PCs and iPads to make presentations, etc. It needs additional cables and an app called Keynotes to use with iPad. It is really useful that its so small and light. I... Read more…

Reviewed 22 August 2013 by Ferdinand Sambulo
(Verified Purchase)

It is a very nice handy product and looks fancy just like a beautiful camera. I recommend it to be one of the best domestic item one needs to own. The only problem is a battery which does not last... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2015 by MR A A KORA
(Verified Purchase)

Very high quality product, perfect for travelling. I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy. The cooling fans make noise, so in a quiet room while watching a... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2015 by MR A A KORA
(Verified Purchase)

Very high quality product, perfect for travelling. I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy. The cooling fans make noise, so in a quiet room while watching a... Read more…

Reviewed 1 July 2014 by R. J. burman
(Verified Purchase)

Great little projector,thank you...

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00745449822362, 00796435411725, 00796435417857, 00796435421601, 00796435421823, 05053460985313, 05060059044627

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